SISTERS OF TREASON
Two young girls tread dangerously close to the throne after their sister, the deposed queen, Lady Jane Grey, is executed.
Lady Catherine and Lady Mary are reeling after their elder sister, the seventeen-year-old Lady Jane Grey, is brutally executed. Their Tudor blood is now more a curse than a blessing. Queen Mary’s succession is by no means stable; many covet the crown, and some say the Grey sisters have a better claim to the throne than the queen.
Neither sister is well suited to a dangerous life at court. Flirtatious Lady Catherine, thought to be the true heir, cannot control her compulsion to love and be loved, and clever Lady Mary has a crooked spine and a tiny stature when physical attributes are thought to reflect moral character. For either girl to marry without royal permission would be a potentially fatal political act, perceived as a treasonous grab for the throne.
It is the royal portrait painter, Levina Teerlinc, who helps the girls survive these troubled times. She becomes their mentor and confidante; with her painter’s observation she is able to see more at court than the sisters, who are watched closely. But when the hot-headed Elizabeth inherits the crown, life at court becomes increasingly treacherous for the Grey sisters. Ultimately each young woman must decide how far she dares to go to defy her Queen and risk her life for love.
'A novel of extraordinary power and accuracy, and a perfect read.' Books Monthly
'Passionate, compassionate, intricate, sharp, clever and utterly compelling.' – Manda Scott
'A great read. Sisters of Treason totally transports the reader to the Tudor court with all list tensions and games.' Katherine Webb (author of The Misbegotten)
'Fremantle gives meticulous attention to the emotional atmosphere and complexity of the relationships between women, while making it a thoroughly good read.' Livi Michael (author of Succession)
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